Why Johnny Can’t Organize
Interesting piece from the Baffler. Not familiar with this online rag? You should be. Check it out. Anyways, a concise argument/explanation on why American unions are so ineffective and dysfunctional. Once again, Happy Labor Day Merika!
Why Johnny Can’t Organize
It’s pathetic and sad what has happened to organized labor in my country. At no time since the industrial revolution began has the gap between production and wage been so extreme. While looking for this 8-8-8 iconic image (thank you socialist alternative.org),I typed was Labor Day. The first page of images were of sugar coated flag waving, patriotic greetings. I continued scrolling and nothing!
Cooperations and their paid politicians have successfully eliminated or derailed union organizations and membership, which is now down to around 7 percent for the public sector. The gains made during the turn of the century where slowly whittled away and then downright attacked by government propaganda which convinced the public that unions were socialist organizations, which is true, but then made came the Orwellian message that socialism in any form was the antithesis of freedom and democracy. Today, union busting companies like Walmart will shut a store down rather than allow their employes to unionize. And Americans? They simply roll over and take it as long as we have our slow crapy internet, marginal cell phone service and can celebrate Our one day off with pink slime burgers and family sized PepsiCo products purchased from Walmart with food stamps. It cost the government 6.2 billion a year in public assistance to care for the low wage workers of Walmart. We are subsidizing the wealthiest family o the planet! Happy Labor Day! My eight hours of sleep are over. Now I gotta go to work.
A little counter argument to last week’s Cornel West love fest.
I’m posting this for My daughter Sol.
Jalapeño lime cilantro chicken with roster jalapeño rice.
Marinate ( no more than two hours) a halved, semi-boneless (take out the ribs, back and breast keel) chicken (skin on) in a plastic bag with the juice of four large limes, a bunch of chopped cilantro, pepper, salt and two chopped raw jalapeños. Grill with the cover on 10-15 minutes on each side. The trick is to turn it just once.
Rice: sauté some roasted jalapeños, red capsicum and peas. Add cooked rice, paprika, sea salt and a little saffron. Cook until rice is no longer sticky.
Serve with ice cold Modelos!
Been a Tina fan since day fucking one! Nice to see this strong female character get some mainstream recognition, albeit it’s NPR.
Tina is weird. She’s a nervous, idiosyncratic teenager, visibly experiencing the miseries of puberty. She likes horses and describes her relationship with zombies as “complicated.” She sports thick-rimmed glasses and plain clothes. At first glance, Tina might not seem all that unusual. But Tina has a lot going on. When she isn’t working in the restaurant or looking after her younger siblings, she might be pursuing the affection of Jimmy Pesto, Jr., penning another volume of her signature “Erotic Friend Fiction,” or daydreaming about men’s butts.
Most animated sitcoms have ugly histories when it comes to female characters. Women are frequently there to be mocked or to represent men’s sexual desires. But instead of using Tina as an arbitrary tool for cheap laughs, the writers of Bob’s Burgers –– several of whom are women –– have given audiences the opportunity to see adolescence through the lens of a central female character. The show, in fact, embraces Tina’s own sexuality for all its uncomfortable awkwardness.
In the show’s four seasons, Tina has become a fan favorite — and she’s in good company, too. Bob’s Burgers features a number of well-rounded female characters who are clever, strong and entertaining. And in that, the show is progressive without being straightforwardly political.
Tina Belcher’s most obvious influence might seem to be Lisa Simpson, but the two are intrinsically and essentially different. Lisa Simpson is precocious and articulate. Tina is painfully gawky. She’s terrified of being put on the spot, often staring blankly into space and groaning for prolonged periods of time. Those who surround Lisa Simpson are often dismissive of what she has to say, but Tina’s family, while odd, is incredibly supportive and involved. In one instance, Tina asks her dad how to shave her legs –– a rite of passage you might expect to see treated as a bonding moment between mother and daughter.
The other noticeable difference between the two, however, is that Lisa self-identifies as a feminist. Tina’s unassuming confidence, on the other hand, can fly under the radar, but she still experiences moments of extreme feminist clarity.
"I’m a smart, strong, sensual woman," she proclaims in the first episode of the show’s second season, while trapped in a dilapidated taffy factory. In that episode, Tina decides she doesn’t need to act vulnerable to attract male attention. And in "Two For Tina," she pursues her own desires without embarrassment, courting two different dates to the school dance, forcing them to compete for her, even if she ultimately ends up alone.
The roots of Tina’s feminist spirit are evident in her mother. Linda is a pinnacle of girl power. She’s busy with the family, but with other things, too, like helping Bob keep the restaurant afloat. She is unwaveringly optimistic and self-motivated –– to the point of occasionally shouting things like “All right, go girls!” –– and whether she’s working part-time at a local grocery store or staging a dinner theater production, Linda isn’t one to be discouraged. It’s obvious that she tries to instill the same values in her children.
"I’m no hero," Tina declares in season three. "I put my bra on one boob at a time like everyone else." But for many, Tina does represent a new kind of hero. She weathers the anxieties of adolescence while gently testing the waters of her confidence. Tina might not be great at public speaking, but her message is clear: embrace your weirdness. Embrace your Tina.
Pretty damn excited about Alt-j’s new album, This Is All Yours, coming out this month. Catch a first listen of a NPR live concert Sept. 2 from NYC. Also, do check out their first release, An Awesome Wave.
Echoing Benjamin Nentayahu (and Hillary Clinton), Elizabeth Warren’s clear position is that Israel bears none of the blame for any of this. Or, to use her words, “when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself.” Such carnage is the ”last thing Israel wants.” The last thing. That, ladies and gentlemen, is your inspiring left-wing icon of the Democratic Party.
It appears as if my dream girl, Ms. Warren just tethered her political future to the purse strings of AIPAC, and outed herself as just another lock-step American politician. In the immortal words of David Burn, “same as it ever was”
Can we back the fuck up here?
Is this: a. a skinhead rally? b. a Klan rally? c. a trailer for some dystopian post apocalyptic movie? d. your local police department? http://www.vice.com/read/the-police-arent-so-brave-when-someone-has-a-weapon-826